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Way of the Morris (12A)

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Way of the Morris (12A)

Rob Curry, Tim Plester (2011)

70min
12A Certificate
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Morris dancing is often more the stuff of mockery than a serious folk tradition. But, as actor/writer/director Tim Plester discovers in this affectionate and instructive documentary, there's more to prancing around in bells, baldrics and black top hats than meets the eye. Having resisted the urge to follow a family tradition and join his native Oxfordshire team, Plester is persuaded to dance with the Adderbury Village Morris Men after their pilgrimage to the Somme to pay tribute to the locals whose senseless slaughter during the Great War helped curtail a centuries-old tradition that was only revived in 1975. More could have been made about the split into rival sides and why leader Bryan Sheppard adheres to dances collected by local folklorist Janet Blunt, but Plester's growing realisation of the cultural and communal significance of Morris and the contributions of singer Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie make this as affecting as grandfather Harold Plester's old home movies.

Summary

Documentary exploring the cultural history of morris dancing. Film-maker Tim Plester joins a group of dancers from his home town of Adderbury in Oxfordshire as they visit the Somme to perform a tribute to the casualties of the First World War. Featuring contributions from Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention lead singer Chris Leslie.

Cast & Crew

Billy Bragg Billy Bragg
Will-O'-Wisps MyAnna Buring
Chris Leslie Chris Leslie
Tim Plester Tim Plester
The Adderbury Village The Adderbury Village Morris Men
Creation Donald Sumpter
Director Rob Curry
Director Tim Plester
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Fifth Column Films Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 9 Sep 2011

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